An Unlikely Bird for Thanksgiving

Yesterday the wind blew at 40 – 50 miles per hour for most of the day so we occupied ourselves with indoor activities. Today the wind moderated but clouds moved in. A recent warm spell had taken care of the cover of snow from a few days earlier. All of which resulted in a rather dreary landscape. But realizing that this is the type of day interesting birds are often seen, we headed down to Griggs Park to see what we might see.


For the first part of our walk nothing out of the ordinary presented itself so to reassure ourselves that we were seeing birds we compiled a list:

Mallard Ducks

Canada Geese


Gold Finch

Carolina Wren


Dark Eyed Juncos

Song Sparrow


Great Blue Herons


Blue Birds

Pied Billed Grebe

Cedar Waxwings

.    .    .    and I may have missed a few.


You are probably wondering why the list. That would be because, due to the amount of light available, there were few pictures.


Before yesterday’s big wind striped the few remaining leaves off the trees, things were a little more cheerful and I was able to get a few front yard feeder shots.


A Cardinal looks for seeds under the feeder.


A Nuthatch enjoys the peanut butter log.


. . . and so does a Red-bellied Woodpecker.



However, during today’s walk my wife did capture a Kingfisher while attempting to photograph something else. Not a national Geographic shot by any stretch of the imagination but rather amazing considering the day.

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Kingfisher along the Scioto, (Donna)



Almost back to the car we spotted a Killdeer. What was a Killdeer doing along the shore of Griggs Reservoir, especially this time of the year? While certainly not uncommon, it nevertheless was an exciting find as we couldn’t recall ever seeing one along the reservoir before.


Killdeer (It never let us get real close), Griggs Park



Sometimes it’s an ordinary bird in unordinary circumstances that fascinates. We hope you make time to enjoy nature in your neighborhood. You never know what you might find.


Happy Thanksgiving!


6 Comments on “An Unlikely Bird for Thanksgiving

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